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Lufthansa Group carried 66.9 million passengers in H1 2018

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

lufthansa at airportIn June 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 13.3 million passengers. This shows an increase of 11.8 % compared to the previous year’s month.

The available seat kilometers were up 8.3 % over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 9.3 percent. The seat load factor increased by 0.8 percentage points compared to June 2017 to 83.5 %.

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 66.9 million passengers in the first half of 2018 - more than ever before. A seat load factor of 79.8 percent was achieved. This is also a historic high for the first half of the year.

Cargo capacity increased 5.2% year-on-year, while cargo sales were down 0.6% in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing 3.8 percentage points in the month to 65%.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.7 million passengers in June, 11.1% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.7% in June. The sales volume was up 6.8% over the same period, increasing seat load factor by 0.8percentage points to 84%.

The network airlines at the Zurich hub grew particularly strongly, with the number of passengers up 19.2% year-on-year, followed by Munich (+14.3%) and Vienna (+10.1%). In Frankfurt passenger volume grew by 6.1 per cent. The underlying offer (of so-called seat kilometres) also increased to varying degrees: in Munich by 12.5%, in Zurich by 8.4%, in Vienna by 7.7% and in Frankfurt by 1.6%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 6.5 million passengers in June, a 9.2% increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.7% increase in seat kilometers in June corresponds to a 4.9% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 84.1%, therefore 0.1 percentage points above the prior-year’s level.

Eurowings Group

The Eurowings Group carries with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines carried around 3.6 million passengers in June. Among this total, 3.3 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 269,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 13.9% in comparison to the previous year. June capacity was 20.8% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 22%, resulting in a increased seat load factor by 0.8 percentage points of 81.7%.

On short-haul services the Airlines raised capacity 14% and increased sales volume by 17.8%, resulting in a 2.7 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 83.6%, compared to June 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 3.1 percentage points to 77.7 % during the same period, following a 37.8% increase in capacity and a 32.5% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

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